Lynwood Unified students will watch curriculum come to life when school leaders unveil a $250,000 mobile science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics (STEAM) classroom.
The classroom on wheels, donated by the National College Resources Foundation (NCRF), will arrive equipped with Mac computers, coding programs, and 3-D printers to inspire student interest in STEAM-related careers.
Founded in 1999 with the advent of the Black College Expo, the mission of the National College Resources Foundation's mission is to curtail the high school dropout rate and increase degree and certificate enrollment among underserved and underrepresented youth.
"Our year-round outreach program connects students directly to colleges and certificate programs, provides scholarships, offers tutorial programs for college readiness, intervention, mentorship, and guidance for students toward positive post-secondary pursuits. These extensive outreach activities and linked learning application methods will continue to produce competitive and productive citizens who will positively influence their communities and our nation. Since 1999, we have helped over 450 students gain admission into colleges, awarded over $600,000 in scholarships and aligned students with $100 million in scholarships and financial assistance," says NCRF Founder, Dr. Theresa Price.
NCRF's "The Movement Enrichment Program" which helps students daily with intervention, mentoring, tutoring, college, and career planning, and also assists student-athletes, first launched the mobile STEAM lab. Seeing the overwhelming response to the mobile lab, NCRF decided to make Lynwood its permanent home.
The NCRF donated the mobile classroom, which can accommodate 18 students and two educators, to promote advanced learning. The STEAM classroom will offer an early introduction to STEAM-related career fields, a growing emphasis for Lynwood Unified.
Lynwood Unified Superintendent Gudiel R. Crosthwaite, Board President Alma-Delia Renteria, and local elected officials will attend a ribbon-cutting celebration for the new instructional tool. Guests will tour the mobile classroom, which will be stationed at Lynwood Middle School throughout the year; starting in 2018-19, the classroom will cycle to a new school each year.
The ribbon-cutting ceremony will feature a performance by the Lynwood Middle School band.